Nikolay Gryazin has delivered a broad-fleet riding masterclass on leg one of Rally Liepāja, locking-out the four stage wins to achieve the in a single day pause leading spherical two of the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship by 10.6s in his Pirelli-geared up Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
Co-driven by Konstantin Aleksandrov, Gryazin began the Latvian occasion fascinated by revenge after his efforts to take closing month’s ORLEN 77th Rally Poland were undone by tyre hurt whereas leading conveniently.
Second quickest on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, Gryazin joined his ERC opponents on the 2-hour stir to Talsi this morning for this afternoon’s quartet of high-stir runs.
After edging Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen (Toksport WRT Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo) by 1.9s on the opener, Gryazin was 1.5s sooner than Craig Breen (Group MRF Tyres Hyundai i20 R5) on SS2, 3.3s sooner than his Irish rival on SS3 and 1.0s before Breen on SS4 to total a ideal sequence of stage bests.
“I’m cheerful we are conserving this site, even with some difficulties with the grip,” stated the Russian, who is primarily based in Latvia and competes with a Latvian licence. “I’m hoping the next day to come shall be less complicated and confidently the guys on the abet shall be on the entrance and we are able to judge concerning the right stir of them.”
Gryazin’s feedback were in reference to Craig Breen and Efrén Llarena, two leading contenders who ran P21 and P25 on the dual carriageway respectively on leg one as a outcomes of their times no longer being fleet ample on the Qualifying Stage. It supposed they averted taking half, albeit unintentionally, within the head-15 dual carriageway different the day before presently evening where they could merely were compelled to preserve a high starting up site had they ended up within the lower areas of the head 15 in qualifying.
Five-time ERC occasion winner Breen, a stable second in a single day, acknowledged Gryazin’s sentiments, however insisted he wasn’t a fan of the distorted working present either, no subject successfully capitalising on his lower dual carriageway site. “I completely agree,” Breen stated constant with Gryazin’s feedback. “It’s no longer sexy the very top plot it’s worked out however the next day to come shall be completely sexy for all americans.”
Llarena, the 2019 ERC3/ERC3 Junior champion, is third after four phases, 24.3s within the abet of Gryazin in his Rallye Group Spain Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. “The closing stage was no longer so perfect, we lost plenty time before all the pieces because there were loads of rocks and I was no longer cheerful to push. Perchance we are able to’t be on the tempo the next day to come, nonetheless it’s a prolonged day additionally. Nonetheless to be third overall is a legitimate day for us, we are cheerful.”
Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending ERC champion and present championship leader, has made it four various forms of Rally2 vehicle within the head four positions by winding up leg one in fourth overall, 25.5s within the abet of Gryazin in his Saintéloc Junior Group Citroën C3 Rally2.
“The phases are unbelievable and so attention-grabbing to pressure however additionally slippery and also you would possibly want to in actuality feel you were dropping time,” stated Lukyanuk, who ran P10 on the dual carriageway. “I easiest made one mistake on the present time, so it was a legitimate job.”
Boosted by his first ERC podium in his native Poland closing month and quickest on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, Miko Marczyk holds fifth after four phases for ORLEN Group and was joyful along with his efforts. Fabian Kreim, the three-time German champion, lost needed time with an overshoot on Friday’s closing stir however is a stable sixth overall for Pole Promotion on a uncommon originate up on gravel.
Ole Christian Veiby is seventh on his first ERC outing since 2015. The Norwegian reported a pop-off valve subject on his Printsport-stir Hyundai, whereas a stall for Nil Solans dropped the Rallye Group Spain ace from eighth to P10 on the closing stage. It draw the Spanish Gravel champion will stir first on day two adopted by ERC1 newcomer Georg Linnamäe, who is ninth in a single day, and Andreas Mikkelsen.
Mikkelsen position a trio of high-three stage times however a one-minute time penalty for unhurried-starting up SS2 draw the Norwegian languishes in eighth assign, 1m13.7s off the lead. Nonetheless, Mikkelsen is adamant his delay was the final consequence of a procedural combine-up and hoped the subject shall be investigated by rally officials in Liepāja this evening.
Eerik Pietarinen trails Solans in P11 with Chilean Emilio Fernàndez P12 adopted by Callum Devine (Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy), Simone Tempestini (Napoca Rally Academy) and Yacco ACCR Group’s Erik Cais. Raul Jeets, Alberto Battistolli, Umberto Scandola (Hyundai Rally Group Italia), Yoann Bonato (CHL Sport Auto) and Norbert Herczig (Škoda Rally Group Hungaria) total the head 20 provisional present with the latter trio deprived tremendously by opening the dual carriageway on the present time. Grégoire Munster dropped out of contention when he stopped to alternate a puncture on SS1, having missed Free Observe and the Qualifying resulting from a scrutineering subject.
Erdi Jr edges ERC2 fight with Feofanov
Reigning champion Tibor Érdi Jr heads championship contender Dmitry Feofanov in a fight for Mitsubishi Lancer supremacy. Érdi Jr ranks Rally Liepāja as his favorite occasion and reported a “perfect day without a concerns”. Feofanov made a unhurried vehicle change for his home spherical of the ERC, reasoning the increased high stir of his Lancer would execute it extra true for the like a flash gravel checks when put next with the Suzuki Swift Rally2 Kit he faded to assign second at school in Poland. Subaru driver Michał Pryczek was third after four phases no subject time lost to a super-rear puncture on SS2 and salvage in touch with with a rock. Dariusz Poloński fought abet from a broken sexy-rear tyre for total Friday’s circulate because the Abarth Rally Cup leader. Victor Cartier retired his Toyota Yaris Rally2 Kit with a technical subject on SS2.
Torn takes his turn to shine in ERC Junior
Ken Torn is relishing his step-up to four-wheel pressure by leading ERC Junior on the wheel of an M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3 by leading the category before newcomer Oscar Solberg in a formidable P23 overall. Estonian Torn, the ERC3/ERC3 Junior champion from 2020, heads Solberg by 1m13s, the Norwegian adverse his steering on the day’s penultimate stage.
Penalty for Franceschi locations Pajari in entrance in ERC3/ERC3 Junior
Fiesta Rally4 driver Sami Pajari leads ERC3/ERC3 Junior following a 1m10s penalty for Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (Renault Clio Rally4), who was quickest at school on two of the four phases. Home hero Mārtiņš Sesks (Fiesta) was quickest on the day-closing Ramirent take a look at and his second before Ola Jr Nore (Clio) with Franceschi fourth, 1m09.1s within the abet of Pajari. Nick Loof is fifth adopted by Kaspar Kasari, Amaury Molle and Daniel Polášek. Czech rookie Polášek dropped extra than 25 minutes when he bought beached on a dreary nook and needed the lend a hand of spectators to salvage him abet on the dual carriageway. Pep Bassas’s hopes of a stable ERC3 consequence were undone by early tyre hurt, whereas Łukasz Lewandowski battled abet from rolling his Opel Corsa Rally4 on SS1. Nikolai Landa crashed on SS2, whereas broken suspension and a broken driveshaft supposed Norbert Maior’s articulate ended on the same stage. ERC3 Junior driver Martin László dropped out all the plot via Friday’s working. Newcomer Joosep Ralf Nõgene stopped with a gearbox subject.
Timur charges in Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT
Turkey’s Yigit Timur is the motive force to beat within the ERC’s the original draw-and-pressure series for the Clio Rally5 on MICHELIN Tyres, the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT. Andrea Mabellini is second after an overshoot on SS1 with Ghjuvanni Rossi third adopted by Bastien Bergounhe. Nonetheless it was a no longer easy originate up to the day for capabilities leader Paulo Soria, who retired on the opening stage when he slid off the dual carriageway into a ditch and acquired stuck. The Argentine will restart on leg two.
PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after four phases, 88.1 kilometres)
1 Nikolay Gryazin (RUS)Konstantin Aleksandrov (RUS) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 45m02.6s
2 Craig Breen (IRL)/Paul Nagle (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +10.6s
3 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +24.3s M
4 Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Dmitry Eremeev (RUS) Citroën C3 Rally2 +25.5s
5 Miko Marczyk (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +40.2s M
6 Fabian Kreim (DEU)/Frank Christian (DEU) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +49.4s
7 Ole Christian Veiby (NOR)/Jonas Andersson (SWE) Hyundai i20 R5 +49.6s
8 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)/Ola Fløene (NOR) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m13.7s
9 Georg Linnamäe (EST)/Volodymyr Korsia (UKR) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +1m24.6s
10 Nil Solans (ESP)/Marc Martí (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m31.4s
11 Eerik Pietarinen (FIN)/Antti Linnaketo (FIN) Škoda Fabia R5 +1m37.0s
12 Emilio Fernàndez (CHL)/Rubén García (ARG) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m42.1s
13 Callum Devine (IRL)/James Fulton (IRL) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +1m44.7s
14 Simone Tempestini (ROU)/Sergiu Itu (ROU) +1m51.8s M
15 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +1m54.4s M
M = Eligible for ERC-MICHELIN Skill Manufacturing facility incentives
FIA ERC2: Tibor Érdi Jr (HUN)/Zoltán Csökő (HUN) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
FIA ERC3: Sami Pajari (FIN)/Marko Salminen (FIN) Ford Fiesta Rally4
FIA ERC Junior: Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally3
FIA ERC3 Junior: Sami Pajari (FIN)/Enni Mälkönen (FIN) Ford Fiesta Rally4
Abarth Rally Cup: Dariusz Poloński (POL)/Łukasz Sitek (POL) Abarth 124 rally
Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT: Yigit Timur (TUR)/Onur Aslan (TUR) Renault Clio Rally5
ERC-MICHELIN Skill Manufacturing facility: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Mikkelsen/Fløene’s starting up site for leg two shall be constant with their total time after four phases without their one-minute time penalty whereas the stewards fetch extra evidence following a yelp submitted by Toksport WRT into the resolution of the clerk of the direction to maintain a look on the penalty.
Are dwelling timing and outcomes: https://www.fiaerc.com/are dwelling-timing/